The Dallas Stars will look to stop the losing streak and get back into the win column as they host the Pacific-leading Calgary Flames tonight. The Stars come into the American Airlines Center with a four-game losing streak and are currently four points out of a playoff spot. However, home ice has treated them well so far this season. With a record of 10-3-1, the Stars find themselves among the league’s best home teams. This will hopefully serve them well as seven of their next nine games are all at the AAC. Getting a win tonight against a high-powered Flames team would be a step in the right direction.
The Calgary Flames — So Hot Right Now
The Flames come into tonight’s game with an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 and are currently tied for first in the Western Conference. Unlike the Stars, the Flames are an excellent road team. Their 11 road wins and 52 goals against put them second in the league in both metrics. They know how to slow down home teams, so it’ll be interesting to see how they handle not only Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin’s line, but now the Alexander Radulov and Jason Spezza pairing.
Powered behind their top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm, the Calgary Flames have the sixth best offense in the league, averaging 3.6 goals a game. As good as they are at disallowing goals, they’re just as good at creating them. Faksa and company will have their work cut out for them tonight; however, they’ve proven they’re more than capable of keeping top opposition off the scoresheet.
Keep An Eye On
- The Calgary Flames’ top line. According to Corsica.Hockey, the line of Gaudreau, Monahan and Lindholm are fourth in the league in goals and second in the league for expected goals. They can pour it on.
- Denis Gurianov. The 21-year-old Russian will be playing alongside Benn and Seguin to start the game after impressing Saturday against Colorado.
- Radek Faksa moving to wing. Jim Montgomery says Faksa looked good at wing in practice and wants to see how it translates in a game. I want to believe he just wants to witness another Faksa wall-grind.
Dallas Stars Lineup (updated after morning lines)
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Denis Gurianov
Valeri Nichuskin - Devin Shore- Alexander Radulov
Radek Faksa - Martin Hanzal - Tyler Pitlick
Mattias Janmark - Jason Dickinson - Blake Comeau
Esa Lindell - Miro Heiskanen
Gavin Bayreuther - Roman Polak
Joel Hanley - Taylor Fedun
Calgary Flames Lineup
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - James Neal
Austin Czarnik - Mark Jankowski - Alan Quine
Kerby Rychel - Derek Ryan - Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson